In the last few years, there has been a lot of debate about smarter classrooms. We’re not only talking about the drive to virtual classrooms that the Coronavirus pandemic has brought forward but also some resources that allow better learning in classrooms.
Many schools have switched to using laptops and Apple iPads as a tool for learning.
The schools in the small tribal belt of Adivasi called Lohandiguda, in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district set a fascinating example for the rest of us to follow.
It all began with an Alexa powered Amazon Echo Dot that generated a lot of attention in an exhibition at the school. Abinash Mishra, the Assistant Collector is an IIT graduate already know about Alexa, as he follows the technology world.
And it was this experience that ultimately created the task of bringing Alexa into classrooms in the area’s schools to make learning enjoyable.
All 40 schools in the often troubled Bastar district were soon using Alexa’s assistant as part of the daily learning experience in classrooms.
It’s not just curiosity or the latest smart technology experience that has triggered the students’ attention.
“The teachers said that after Alexa came to the classroom, the class has seen improved attendance, children becoming more interactive, and of course teachers to are loving this new medium of imparting training,” says Abinash Mishra.
Network coverage and consistent internet remain, however, a challenge that the administration says it is trying to fix